FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 22, 2012
AARP Media Relations
AARP: JOBS Act Lacks Vital Investor Protections
Washington, DC – AARP Senior Vice President Joyce Rogers issued the following statement today in response to the Senate passage of the “JOBS” Act:
“Despite a successful amendment to a provision of the bill pertaining to crowd funding, AARP remains disappointed that the ‘JOBS’ Act passed by the Senate today lacks vital investor protections and undermines regulations that guard against fraud and abuse. We do not believe weakening investor protections and opening the door to fraud is the best way to create jobs. Without safeguards for proper oversight and regulation, this legislation would heighten the risk to individual investors and threaten market integrity.
“On behalf of older Americans, who with a lifetime of savings and investments are disproportionately represented among the victims of investment fraud, AARP would have liked to see the Senate adopt a more balanced approach. Investors still reeling from the most recent financial crisis deserve better.”
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